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End of Life for SuSE Linux 7.2, Mandrake Linux 8.2

Oct 02, 2003, 02:00 (8 Talkback[s])

Discontinued SuSE Linux Distributions

Dear suse-security-announce subscribers and SUSE LINUX users,

having provided security-relevant fixes for version 7.2 of our home user product, SuSE Linux, for two years, we would like to inform you that as of today, security fixes for SuSE Linux 7.2 will be discontinued for all architectures. Vulnerabilities found after Oct 1st 2003 will not be fixed any more for SuSE Linux 7.2.

By consequence, the SuSE Linux 7.2 distribution directories on our ftp server ftp ftp.suse.com have been moved to the /pub/suse/discontinued/ directory tree structure; the 7.2 directories in the update trees will follow later in October.

The discontinuation of SuSE Linux 7.2 enables us to focus on the SUSE LINUX distributions of a newer release date to ensure that our customers can continuously take advantage of the quality that they are used to with SUSE LINUX products.

This announcement holds true for SuSE Linux 7.2 only. As usual, SUSE will continue to provide update packages for the following home users distributions:

SuSE Linux 7.3
SuSE Linux 8.0
SuSE Linux 8.1
SuSE Linux 8.2
for a two-year period after the release of the respective distribution.

Please note that the maintenance cycles of SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server products and products based on the SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server operating system are not affected by this announcement. To learn more about SUSE LINUX business products, please visit

If you have any questions regarding this announcement, please do not hesitate to contact the SUSE LINUX security <security@suse.de>.

Best regards,
Roman Drahtmüller,
SUSE Security.

Mandrake Linux 8.2 is No Longer Supported

As some of you may have realized already, Mandrake Linux 8.2 is no longer being supported. The date for Mandrake Linux 8.2's End of Life was September 30th, 2003.

This policy is clearly outlined at:


With the forthcoming release of Mandrake Linux 9.2, it is necessary to "revolve" support in this way to provide the best possible service on currently supported and new distributions as they are produced. MandrakeSoft currently maintains the following distributions:

Mandrake Linux 9.0
Mandrake Linux 9.1
Mandrake Linux 9.2
Multi Network Firewall 8.2
Corporate Server 2.1

All distributions have a standard 18mos support cycle. Please refer to the EOL policy document to see when currently supported distributions will expire.

If you or your organization require a product that has a longer support lifetime, consider purchasing Corporate Server, our enterprise server offering that comes with 36 mos of updates support.

Thank you.